A holiday in Budapest is ideal for a city break. The city is located on the river Danube and has approximately 1.7 million inhabitants. It was founded in 1873 when Pest and Buda where joined together. Besides being the capital, Budapest is Hungary’s cultural, economic and political centre. Seen as the cultural capital of Central-Europe, Budapest is a great holiday destination.
Public transport is excellent. There are metros, busses, trams, trolleybuses, chairlifts and a cable train. Needless to say, you will never find it hard to explore the city. The nearest airport is Ferihegy International Airport, located about 12 km from the capital.
Hungary has a mild continental climate. This means that the weather in Budapest is cold and wet in the winter, and lovely and warm in the summer.
Budapest itself can be seen as a museum. The most important sights in Buda, on the western bank of the Danube, are the castle, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church. The Támcsics Mihály Utca is an amazing street on the castle’s hill. There are some really amazing houses and other buildings to be seen there.
On the other bank of the Danube, in Pest, there are even more cultural sights. The houses of Parliament, the public gardens, the zoo, a funfair, the Andrássyboulevard, numerous coffee and bathhouses, lots of the theatres and the St. Stephan’s Basilica are located in this part.
Váci street runs through the heart of Budapest. Most of the shops are located in this area. Budapest is a place best known for perfume, clothes and jewellery. There are some lovely boutiques located near Váci. Ice-cream, marzipan and china are important local products and the locals love them.
Hungarian cuisine is best known for its beef goulash and fish soup, served Hungarian style. There are restaurants to suit every budget and the menus here can be either local or international cuisine. Nevertheless, during your holiday in Budapest you will always be able to find a decent stew.